Cone Penetration Test (CPTu) Processing Software

Cone Penetration Test (CPTu) Processing Software – NovoCPT

NovoCPT is a powerful, user-friendly geotechnical software for processing and interpretation of cone penetration test data. In this test, data is typically collected at every 20 to 30 mm depth interval, and therefore, the results of CPT test is a large digital dataset. Processing this data requires a computer program. Using NovoCPT you can accomplish the following main tasks:

  • Correlation of CPT data to Over 35 Soil Parameters
  • Soil Behaviour Types (3 methods)
  • Soil Liquefaction Analysis
  • Pad/Strip Footing Bearing Capacity Analysis (5 methods)
  • Pad/Strip Footing Settlement Analysis (elastic & consolidation)
  • Pile Bearing Capacity Analysis (LCPC)

NovoCPT is the most popular CPT processing software in the market. Download NovoCPT today and explore all the features!

NovoCPT comes with a complete help file (accessible from inside the program), and user’s manual in PDF and eBook formats to allow you getting up-to-speed in a very short time.

  • NovoCPT

    Version 4.0.2019.1012
    User’s Manual (PDF)
    User’s Manual (eBook)
    Online Help
    Software Brochure
    Sample Report
    User Agreement (EULA)
    View Update Log

  • System Requirements

    Min. 1024×768 Screen Resolution
    Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 (up-to-date)
    Microsoft .Net 4.5.2
    100 MB of Disk Space

Correlating CPT Data to Soil Parameters

Permeability coefficient K:
  • Robertson et al. 1986
Shear strength Su:
  • Nk
  • Nkt
  • Nke
Clay Sensitivity St:
  • Robertson and Campanella 1988
  • Rad and Lunne 1986
  • Schmertmann
Clay undrained Young’s modulus Es:
  • Duncan and Buchihmami 1976
Overconsolidation ratio OCR:
  • Powel et al. 1998
  • Lunne et al. 1989
  • Mayne 2005
Sand internal friction angle Φ:
  • Kulhawy and Mayne 1990
  • Hatanaka and Uchida 1996
  • Robertson and Campanella 1983
  • Sunneset et al. 1989
  • Mayne 2005
Depth correction factor Rd:
  • Seed and Idriss 1971 (tri-linear function)
Overconsolidation ratio OCR:
  • Powel et al. 1998
  • Lunne et al. 1989
  • Mayne 2005
Shear wave velocity Vs:
  • Mayne 2006c (all soils)
  • Hegazy and Mayne 1995 (all soils)
  • Baldi 1989 (sands)
  • Mayne and Rix 1995 (clays)
Fines content estimation:
  • Robertson and Fear 1995 (Fc=1.75*IC3-3.7)
Void ratio e
  • e = 1.152 – 0.233 Log(qc1) + 0.043 Log(OCR)
Unit Weight γ:
  • Soil Behaviour Type values
  • Robertson et al. 1986
  • Manual data entry
Clay & sand at-rest earth pressure Ko:
  • Kulhawy and Mayne 1990
Constrained modulus M:
  • Robertson 2009
Overconsolidation ratio OCR:
  • Powel et al. 1998
  • Lunne et al. 1989
  • Mayne 2005
Equivalent SPT N60:
  • Jefferies and Davis 1993
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Soil Liquefaction Triggering Analysis

NovoCPT carries out soil liquefaction triggering analysis based on CPT data, using the following methods:

  • Robertson 2012
  • Idriss & Boulanger 2008

In addition to the triggering analysis, post-liquefaction lateral spread and re-consolidation settlement of the liquefied layers will be estimated based on the following methods:

Max. Shear Strain by Ishihara & Yoshimine 1992

  • Zhang, Robertson and Brachman, 2004
  • Ishihara and Yoshimine, 1992

The details of soil liquefaction analysis is presented in a tabular format, for each depth. This data can be exported to Microsoft Excel format for further review / analysis.

Bearing Capacity Analysis

Using NovoCPT you can estimate bearing capacity of pad / strip footings directly from CPT data, based on the following methods:

Bearing Capacity Analysis Page

  • Robertson 1996
  • Meyerhof 1956
  • Tand et. al 1995
  • Schmertmann 1978
  • Owkati 1978
  • CFEM 2006

Foundation Settlement Analysis

NovoCPT estimates the elastic settlement (Schmertmann method) and one-dimensional consolidation settlement (Terzaghi method) of pad and strip footings based on CPT data. You can use the program’s correlation functions to estimate Cc and void ratio (e) and choose the representative values for your model. The modulus of elasticity used for estimation of elastic settlement is directly estimated from CPT data.

The details of settlement analysis is presented in a tabular format, for each depth. This data can be exported to Microsoft Excel format for further review / analysis.

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If you would like to learn more about the theoretical background of the methods used in NovoCPT, please visit its online documentation.

Pile Bearing Capacity Analysis (LCPC)

Use NovoCPT to estimate the bearing capacity of piles directly based on CPT data, based on LCPC method. Various pile types are covered under the LCPC method and the program automatically carried out all complicated calculations to estimate the pile bearing capacity.

Different Factors of Safety (or Resistance Factors) may be applied to end bearing and skin friction capacities. Both skin friction and end bearing capacities are plotted versus depth of the borehole.

The details of pile capacity analysis is presented in a tabular format, for each depth. This data can be exported to Microsoft Excel format for further review / analysis.

Stratigraphy Assistant

NovoCPT assists you to define subsurface soil layers based on CPT data collected during the test. You can view various CPT parameters and adjust the depth of each layer.